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October 24, 2019

CATEGORY: Questioning the Foundations Essay Contest (2012) [back]
TOPIC: Meaning of the Wave Function by Shan Gao [refresh]
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Author Shan Gao wrote on Aug. 10, 2012 @ 16:52 GMT
Essay Abstract

According to the standard probability interpretation, the wave function is a probability amplitude, and its modulus square gives the probability density of finding particles in certain positions in space. In this essay, we show that this central assumption of quantum mechanics may have an ontological extension. It is argued that microscopic particles such as electrons are indeed particles, but their motion is not continuous but discontinuous and random. On this view, the modulus square of the wave function not only gives the probability density of the particles being found in certain locations, but also gives the probability density of the particles being there. In other words, the wave function can be regarded as a representation of the state of random discontinuous motion of particles, and at a deeper level, it may represent the dispositional property of the particles that determines their random discontinuous motion.

Author Bio

Shan Gao is a PhD student at the University of Sydney under the supervision of Dean Rickles and Huw Price. His research is focused on the foundations of quantum mechanics.

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Azzam AlMosallami wrote on Aug. 10, 2012 @ 21:34 GMT
Dear Shan Gao,

Your paper is very interesting. I discussed the meaning of the wave function in my essay http://fqxi.org/community/forum/topic/1272

My paper is discussing the meaning of the wave function according to the unification of quantum theory and relativity theory. I found in order to perform this unification, SRT must be modified according to the concepts, principles and laws of quantum. I hope to read my paper in order to discuss.

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Angel Garcés Doz replied on Aug. 10, 2012 @ 21:42 GMT
Dear Shan Gao, their views on the meaning of both qualitative and quantitative, of the wave function is interesting, very well explained. Are necessary to deepen the apparent "solved" problems of quantum mechanics, because there are serious inconsistencies to be resolved to have a more realistic understanding of the physical world

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Anonymous replied on Aug. 11, 2012 @ 12:13 GMT
Dear Azzam and Angel,

Thanks for your comments on my paper. I will read your papers with interest. I am sympathy with the view that SR should be modified in order to be unified with QM concerning quantum non-locality.

Best,

Shan

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Azzam AlMosallami replied on Aug. 12, 2012 @ 01:03 GMT
Dear Shan,

The crisis of physics concepts, principles, and laws that there are two theories describing two worlds, the macro, and the micro, they are the relativity and quantum. what I did in my graduation research in 1996 I formulated new theory that unifying the two theories at the same concepts, principles and laws, depending on the latest experimental results of both. I still remember the seminar of discussing my research in 1996, when I told my doctors, it is possible measuring speeds greater than light speed in vacuum for particles or electromagnetic waves without violation of Lorentz transformation or causality. At that time my doctors told me it is difficult to proof that at this time. The experimental results of quantum tunneling and entanglement are considered good proof for what I predicted. Existing a particle in two states at the same time is good proof for my modified relativity. OPERA, ICARUS, and SN1987a, Cherenkov radiation and The Pioneer anomaly are good proof for my modified relativity. The definition of the quantum field theory to the vacuum energy is good proof for my theory. the discovering of Higgs boson is is good proof for my theory. I have many to say about my theory, and I hope to discuss it depending on the unsolved problems in physics related to quantum and relativity and depending on the latest experimental results and how can be solved all of these problems according to the modified relativity according to quantum.

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Edwin Eugene Klingman wrote on Aug. 10, 2012 @ 23:30 GMT
Dear Shan Gao,

I enjoyed your essay very much, particularly your discussion of real or effective charge distributions associated with the wave function. I have had similar concerns about "distributed charge" but you have given me some new ideas along this line. Thank you.

We agree that particles are real and that the wave function does actually describe the probability of finding the real particle, as is typically determined by 'impulse' measurement. I was happy to see you mention the PBR analysis that concludes that an "information only" wave function cannot reproduce quantum mechanics predictions, as well as recent Aharonov-type measurements of Lundeen and others.

So we conceptually agree that the particle is real, but it is not clear to me how your wave function is real, versus 'information-only'. In other words, I understand the physical reality of your particle, but the physical reality of your wave function escapes me.

For a perspective that agrees with 'real particles' but differs in some aspects, I invite you to read my essay, The Nature of the Wave Function. You have clarified some aspects of 'charge distribution' for me. I hope my essay triggers some ideas for you.

Best,

Edwin Eugene Klingman

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Anonymous replied on Aug. 11, 2012 @ 12:17 GMT
Dear Edwin,

Thanks for your interest in and comments on my paper. On my view, the wave function is real in the sense that it represents one property of the particles that determines their motion. I will read your papers with interest.

Best,

Shan

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Vladimir F. Tamari wrote on Aug. 11, 2012 @ 00:44 GMT
Dear Shan Gao

Congratulations for posting your ideas here - I am sure you will get many interesting and thought-provoking responses.

Although my work and intuitions are mostly geometrical and qualitative, I have come to the conclusion in my 2005 Beautiful Universe Theory that probability as the interpretation of the wave function is just a mathematical interpretation and has no relation to 'reality'. I attribute the probabilistic interpretation to Einstein's point-photon concept: How can such a point exist in a Schrodinger wave? Hence probability. A similar realistic interpretation can be attributed to the wave field of an electron (see attached!).

I hate the thought that all this conflicts with your thesis ideas and hence will be a distraction to you. But please read my fqxi essay here, and also Eric Reiter's fqxi essay where he experimentally proves the photon is not a particle- his work is very important and should be read and digested by serious physicists.

Good luck in your studies.

Vladimir

attachments: 3_Particledoubleslit_.jpeg

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Shan Gao replied on Aug. 11, 2012 @ 12:20 GMT
Dear Vladimir,

Thanks for your comments on my paper. I will read your essay with interest. Good luck!

Best,

Shan

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Jayakar Johnson Joseph wrote on Aug. 13, 2012 @ 06:28 GMT
Dear Shan Gao,

If three points are in a horizontal plane in fixed distances between them and if a fourth point is at variable distances from these three points vertical to that plane, is representing a tetrahedron; then the locality of the fourth point is described by the probability amplitude in analogy with the wave function of particles. When the distances between the fourth point and other points are representational as strings, the wave mechanics by string dynamics can be quantized, in that I think, the charge density is proportional to the tensor products of the strings.

With best wishes,

Jayakar

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Shan Gao replied on Aug. 15, 2012 @ 10:13 GMT
Hi Jayakar,

Thanks for your interesting comments. I will certainly read your essay. Good luck!

Best,

Shan

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Vijay Mohan Gupta wrote on Aug. 15, 2012 @ 14:10 GMT
Dear Edwin Eugene Klingman and Shan Gao,

Edwin is right. Superposition of wave function associated with different objects leads us to observe them. In PicoPhysics this issue is integrated with action at distance and concept of exchange particle as the mode of interaction between objects. PicoPhysics view on the subject (Though discussed at stage 3 – only stage 1 is available at...

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Edwin Eugene Klingman replied on Aug. 15, 2012 @ 19:41 GMT
It is not clear to me that your statements about superposition have much to do with the ideas in my essay, The Nature of the Wave Function, or very much to do with Shan Gao's essay either. Have you read our essays?

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Vijay Mohan Gupta wrote on Aug. 15, 2012 @ 14:56 GMT
Sorry, the Microsoft equation did not show-up. Below is an attempt to re-introduce the same,

Kd = K1 + iK2

wave function = (K12 + K22)eia

where

tan (a) = K1 / K2

Positive sign still not coming.

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ABRAHAM wrote on Aug. 23, 2012 @ 06:06 GMT
Dear Shan Gao,

May I suggest a new quantum geometry that will permit you to view the probabilistic energy distributions of Wave-functions a physical reality?

As outlined in my submission - Tetryonics the charged geometry of EM mass-ENERGY-Matter - if you utilise EQUILATERAL geometries for energy quanta you will soon see a physical geometry emerge that provides for all of the current quantum mysteries.

Wave-functions, 'square' energy distributions and Amplitude-Probabilities are all easily explained along with the greatest outstanding mystery Wave~Particle duality. [see attached]

Importantly, all of the current Math can easily be translated from circular geometries to equilateral geometries without changing the results physically measured [ie the current Math is based on a misconception of the true geometry it reflects].

attachments: Figure_38.10__WaveParticle_Probabilities_800x600.jpg, Figure_38.01__Wave_Particle_Mechanics_800x600.jpg

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Hou Ying Yau wrote on Sep. 13, 2012 @ 21:56 GMT
Dear Shan,

Your arguments that "the modulus square of the wave function not only gives the probability density of the particles being found in certain locations, but also gives the probability density of the particles being there....... the wave function can be regarded as a representation of the state of random discontinuous motion of particles" is very well presented. I share your idea.

Hou Yau

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Hoang cao Hai wrote on Sep. 19, 2012 @ 15:24 GMT
Dear

Very interesting to see your essay.

Perhaps all of us are convinced that: the choice of yourself is right!That of course is reasonable.

So may be we should work together to let's the consider clearly defined for the basis foundations theoretical as the most challenging with intellectual of all of us.

Why we do not try to start with a real challenge is very close and are the focus of interest of the human science: it is a matter of mass and grain Higg boson of the standard model.

Knowledge and belief reasoning of you will to express an opinion on this matter:

You have think that: the Mass is the expression of the impact force to material - so no impact force, we do not feel the Higg boson - similar to the case of no weight outside the Earth's atmosphere.

Does there need to be a particle with mass for everything have volume? If so, then why the mass of everything change when moving from the Earth to the Moon? Higg boson is lighter by the Moon's gravity is weaker than of Earth?

The LHC particle accelerator used to "Smashed" until "Ejected" Higg boson, but why only when the "Smashed" can see it,and when off then not see it ?

Can be "locked" Higg particles? so when "released" if we do not force to it by any the Force, how to know that it is "out" or not?

You are should be boldly to give a definition of weight that you think is right for us to enjoy, or oppose my opinion.

Because in the process of research, the value of "failure" or "success" is the similar with science. The purpose of a correct theory be must is without any a wrong point ?

Glad to see from you comments soon,because still have too many of the same problems.

Regards !

Hải.Caohoàng of THE INCORRECT ASSUMPTIONS AND A CORRECT THEORY

August 23, 2012 - 11:51 GMT on this essay contest.

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Sergey G Fedosin wrote on Sep. 21, 2012 @ 16:26 GMT
Dear Shan,

In the book: The physical theories and infinite nesting of matter. Perm, 2009-2012, 858 p. ISBN 978-5-9901951-1-0 the electron in atom has form a disk cloud. Then it seems that the Wave Function gives concentration of electron substance in the cloud. What do you think about it?

Sergey Fedosin

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Juan Ramón González Álvarez wrote on Sep. 23, 2012 @ 11:52 GMT
Dear Shan Gao,

I found your analysis of the wave function very interesting and with many similarities with my own work. I devoted part of my essay to explain that the wavefunction is only an approximation to the real quantum state of the system.

I prepared this recent paper Positive Definite Phase Space Quantum Mechanics, where I offer details on the Liouvillian formulation of quantum mechanics, which I mentioned in my essay. You may find therein a generalization and improvement of the Bohm pilot wave theory, where the quantum motion of particles is traced to stochastic, random microscopic motion.

I completely agree on "that microscopic particles such as electrons are indeed particles". My formulation eliminates wave-particle duality and describes particle motion directly in probabilistic terms. In fact, my formulation also applies to quantum systems whose state is not described by any wavefunction (e.g., open systems).

Regards

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Sergey G Fedosin wrote on Oct. 2, 2012 @ 13:52 GMT
After studying about 250 essays in this contest, I realize now, how can I assess the level of each submitted work. Accordingly, I rated some essays, including yours.

Cood luck.

Sergey Fedosin

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George wrote on Oct. 3, 2012 @ 01:30 GMT
Dear Shan Gao,

Your paper is interesting. I am going to apprised your essay as hight. About meaning of the wave function I have mine approach that may be interested you. I hope you will find time to check it and apprise.

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Regards,

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Sergey G Fedosin wrote on Oct. 4, 2012 @ 07:09 GMT
If you do not understand why your rating dropped down. As I found ratings in the contest are calculated in the next way. Suppose your rating is
and
was the quantity of people which gave you ratings. Then you have
of points. After it anyone give you
of points so you have
of points and
is the common quantity of the people which gave you ratings. At the same time you will have
of points. From here, if you want to be R2 > R1 there must be:
or
or
In other words if you want to increase rating of anyone you must give him more points
then the participant`s rating
was at the moment you rated him. From here it is seen that in the contest are special rules for ratings. And from here there are misunderstanding of some participants what is happened with their ratings. Moreover since community ratings are hided some participants do not sure how increase ratings of others and gives them maximum 10 points. But in the case the scale from 1 to 10 of points do not work, and some essays are overestimated and some essays are drop down. In my opinion it is a bad problem with this Contest rating process. I hope the FQXI community will change the rating process.

Sergey Fedosin

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